My primary doc gave me Meloxicam for 2 months until I see a Rheumatologist. At first I was so excited as I felt so much better. But now I wonder if it isn't working as well or I am getting worse. Stiffness is better but pain is increasing.
I was immediately put on a steroid to help with the joint inflammation until I could see a rheumy, She then added Methotrexate and then a few months later added Remicade and weened me off the steroid. Meloxicam is just an anti-inflammatory. So, you might be able to take some ibuprofin to help in the meantime.
I was on meloxicam right at the beginning, but they took me off as soon as I started to feel better. I felt okay for a few months, but when I started to hurt again, I was put on my first biologic.
I go to Rheumy next Monday. My PCP told me no ibuprofen and gave me tramadol. I'm beginning to see that each day is different.
@A myRAteam Member, I too waited before getting help. I think I have had this for 5 or 6 yrs and now it's really kicking up. My days are all over the place. Good, bad & everywhere in between. I go to doctor next week.
I had RA for a few years before I really noticed. I would have a few pains or aches here and there and I was really tired, but did not realize it was anything serious, just thought stress. Once my RA began it really hit me everywhere and got worse. It kind of sounds like maybe that is what is hapoening, but the meds they prescribed work fairly well and my high pain days are few.
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